We prayed Saturday Vespers (first Vespers of Sunday might be more appropriate) according to the Tridentine arrangement. Given the emptiness of the church after visiting hours, we decided to sing everything from the Magnificat onwards aloud and in Latin, quite an exuberant thing to do!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Painted Churches of Texas III: St. John the Baptist
The church of St. John the Baptist in Ammannsville, TX may have been the smallest temple of God we visited during our excursion. Once again, the building was completed in the early 20th century (1919) for Slavic Americans and it was not the first structure for the community, the first and second churches having been destroyed ten years earlier by a hurricane and fires respectively. It is as wide as the two St. Mary parishes, but was not divided into aisles, giving it a very baroque openness. The pale pink color gives the church a unique tint in contrast to the airy cheer of St. Mary of the Assumption and the seriousness of St. Mary's of High Hill.